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23 JULY 2014

 

Enoksson Is Victim of Sweden’s ‘Dead’ Boxing Program




By Teddy Stenmark: Bantamweight Katrin "Enok" Enoksson is just one of the victims of pro boxing being a “dead” Sport in Sweden at the moment!
It’s not an exaggeration to say It has been an uphill struggle for female bantamweight

Katrin “Enok” Enoksson. The 35-year old teacher (sports) from Gothenburg turned professional in December of 2007 with an impressive first round knockout of German Steffie Meyer, sadly enough though, what should have been the starting point of a fine career in the paid ranks, has amounted into almost nothing.

Just one fight has materialized for the ferociously hard punching former European amateur silver medalist after her pro debut and that is a shame. That fight came in March of this year when Pugnus Promotions held a card in Gothenburg at “Lisebergshallen”, again she stopped an opponent showing her potential, Slovakian Simona Pencakova, crumbled, as expected in the fourth round. She now sports a perfect 2-0, 2 KO, record and nothing is happening. The career is standing still.

With her manager spending time behind bars due to economical issues in the past, she is all alone and nothing is on the horizon as she told me some time ago. Recently a show in Norrköping, Sweden was scrapped where she was promised a spot. In addition to that another card in Tidaholm, Sweden was dropped not long ago

(sponsors pulled out blaming the financial crisis), Enoksson of course had hopes for that one as well, but with that one also out of the picture, there aren’t any gigs on Swedish soil to look forward to until some time next year (hopefully – who knows what the future brings?). Leaving Enoksson wondering where and when next opportunity will be.

It’s not good for a boxer starting off their career so late to box so infrequent. It tears both mentally and physically. Because she sure is not getting any younger and she wasn’t a spring chicken when she started (age 34). Katrin was for a long time very much the Swedish national team’s front figure alongside multiple World champ, Anna Laurell, (and a few others) and was literally subscribing to the Swedish national title at her weight. She won the nationals eight times and represented Sweden on numerous occasions.

Internationally she did well, five time Scandinavian champion, European silver medal, World championship Bronze, etc, etc, but she should have gone pro a long time ago if you ask me. In her early twenties would have been almost perfect. She did have some offers coming her way, Mogens Palle of Denmark showed some interest but unfortunately it came to nothing. Enoksson told me she had met with the Palle’s several years ago (early 2000 late nineties maybe) when her name was “hot” after some impressive amateur wins, "they said they were going to get back to me but I haven’t heard from them since, so I dropped the idea of becoming professional then and there and stuck with the amateurs for a while longer and, then held up for some time, when Proboxing (with its limitations) got allowed again in Sweden (January 2007) I went to see the first show and got really excited, the “itch” sort of came back"

At a dinner show called X-mas Big Bang in late December 2007 at Restaurant “Trädgårn” she finally took the leap over to the pro’s though, and, as mentioned, did what was expected of her.

Is that late professional start something to regret, no, not if things would have turned out differently and boxing in Sweden could have generated some interest. Then she would have been at least on her way to something big now, but time is running out for Sweden’s, in my eyes, the finest professional prospect on the female side, and one can only blame the circumstances. Pro Boxing under current circumstances is dead in the public eye and Enoksson and her boxing colleagues are the victims. It’s sad.

November 25, 2008


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